Still & Bedford has a uniquely rich and long established history in providing quality eye care.

1948 – Mr Douglas Still qualifies as an Optometrist

1950 – He opens his practice from his house in Highfield Road, Bournemouth. He names it D. C Still. In the years that followed he writes articles for the Optometry journals, is elected on to the Dorset Local Optical Committee and The British Standards Council to advise on optical matters.

1977 – Mr Jonathan Bedford and his wife Katharine qualify as Optometrists. They both studied at City University London. During their studies Jonathan and Katharine develop a particular interest in Low Vision and the visual problems of children and adults with special needs and/or learning disabilities. Katharine receives 3 awards for her graduate thesis on the subject.

1980 – Mr Bedford joins D. C Still in Highfield Road as well as the Dorset Local Optical Committee. Jonathan and Katharine work together with Mr Still, several other Optometrists, Consultant Ophthalmologist Mr Martin Pitts-Crick and Consultant Diabetologist Mr Ronald Hill to set up one of the first Diabetic Eye Screening schemes in the country. They also went on to help set up the Local Glaucoma Monitoring Scheme.

1982 – The practice is renamed Still & Bedford when Mr Bedford and his wife Katharine took on the practice from Mr Still.

1985 – The Low Vision Clinic closed at the Hospital Eye Unit and Mr Bedford saw a need to bring a Low Vision Service in to the local community. Mr Bedford with the Chief Executive of the Local Health Service and Local Optical Committee develops the Community Low Vision Service.

1990 – Douglas Still retires.

1994 – Rachel Edwards joins as Practice Manager. Achieving Optical Practice Support levels 2 & 3 from The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and receives as WCSM prize for her contributions. Rachel is a key member at Still & Bedford and manages the day to day running of the practice to this day.

2017 – Daniel Plant joins the practice as resident Dispensing Optician following the retirement of Alan Estherby after 29 years of service.

2019 – Under new leadership, Still & Bedford reinvents itself and relocates to new premises at 922 Wimborne Road, Moordown.

2020 – Still & Bedford has transitioned to being a fully private practice.

2021 – Still & Bedford acquires Knight Eyecare at 61 Victoria Road, Ferndown and full refurbishment completes around mid-June 2021.

Still & Bedford has achieved over 70 years of serving the eye care needs of the public and is proud to be one of the longest established independent eye care practices in Dorset.